Unless otherwise stated, these publications are formatted in trade paperback perfect bound. We are working to put out more hardback books, though, and longer novels will be considered for publication like this.
A novel is anything over 50,000 words
A novella is between 20,000 and 50,000 words.
A novelette is between 7,500 to 17,500 words
Story collection lengths should be at least 35,000 words while poetry collection lengths need to be at least 40 pages.
Although we will consider reprints, original stories will receive the highest priority.
The Flavors We Crave
As stated previously we do publish all kinds of different books and novels but we’re focusing on horror, fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk. These are the things we think are not only the most popular genres of books, but the most fun to write, edit, and read. To help you understand what we mean by these terms and better help you understand what we’re looking for we have some tips below on what we think these genres are.
For horror there are several things we want as horror has different aspects to it. We are looking to genuinely inspire fear but we’re not necessarily looking for gore or anything like that. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t take a well written slasher book. However, what we’re really looking for is the creep factor, the fear factor. We want horror books that would give Stephen King nightmares, that make people afraid to turn off the lights, or even that make them want to look over their shoulder. We want atmosphere, pacing, plot, and terror. Make. Us. Afraid.
Fantasy is a broad term. It encompasses a lot of different subgenres and ideas. Fantasy can be angels and demons fighting secret wars on Earth. It can be other worlds where dragons and magic rule. It can be vampires and witches and more. The point of it is to dream of things that never were and build characters that are compelling and real to introduce us to those dreams. Character development is one of the most important keys to a good fantasy novel. Making a character interact with a world that shouldn’t exist and make it seem believable. Make us root for the hero and hate the bad guy, even if we love the bad guy at the same time. Bring amazing worlds of magic and fancy to life and fill it with characters that drive us to be better, to dream more, and to inspire.
Good science fiction should explore the human nature and what it means to be human and alive. Yes, even aliens can be “human” for lack of a better word and have humanity. What we’re looking for here are works that explore the human condition through technology – be it now on Earth, or in the distant future among the stars. We want to see great characters working through problems, or discovering that humanity and technology have certain limits, such as we see in the Alien series or even HP Lovecraft’s works. We want to explore what kind of futures we or other races and species might have, and see what the technology that might take us beyond the stars and into other dimensions might be like. It can be as simple as making only voice contact with another alien species, or as big as an intergalactic war and the fallout that results. We want solid stories that explore it all.
Steampunk worlds feature interesting machines that run on gears and steam, rarely more advanced that something one might find in the early 1900’s. It deals with outcasts and bandits, as well as societal norms and the impact of evil governments, monarchies and regimes. What we want to see are interesting characters and fun devices. Find ways of making artificial limbs that are little more than gears and springs. Show how characters deal with the shape of the world around them. Remember, it can be a lot of things, so it can be as simple as a fantasy world where one race has taken over and is using rifles and trains to ship off a “lesser race” to “detention camps.” It can be Earth where technology never evolved past the steam train, but we have boats that fly over the ocean using strange forms of magic, technology, and willpower. The most important things to have are the technological aspects as well as well written characters and character development.
We’re always open to different genres. Mix and match the genres, tell us true stories, write that urban detective you’ve been dreaming about for years. You never know what will happen unless you submit. At the very least, we may be able to point you in the right direction.
Payment for novels is 20% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 50% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.
Payment for novellas and collections is $15.00 plus 10% of actual print sales and, if also released as an e-book, 50% of actual e-book sales; contributors may also purchase unlimited quantities of their work at 30% off the cover price.
All payments are sent biannually in January and July.
How to Submit
Send your submissions to [email protected].
Please do not submit your novel directly. First, send a query letter with a synopsis of approximately 700-1000 words telling us what the story is about. Based on the information in the query letter, we will then decide whether to ask for the manuscript. If we want to see it, we will tell you how to submit it.
Please do not submit your novella directly. Send a query letter of approximately 500 words telling us what the story is about. Also send an rtf document containing the first four pages of your novella. Based on the query letter and those first four pages, we will then decide whether to ask for the manuscript. If we want to see it, we will issue you further instructions.
Again, please do not submit your collection – stories or poetry – directly. Send a query letter of approximately 500 words that describe the general aspects of the collection. Also send an rtf document that includes the first two pages of three different stories, or four sample poems, as appropriate. If we decide we want to see the full manuscript, we will ask for it.
If you have any further questions, feel free to send them to [email protected].